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Baby Gifts That Were Hard to Part With

imawoman2 | Posted in Photo Gallery on

I just finished surprising a friend with a couple of lovingly created garments for her baby daughter to grow into. I combined a Vogue 8060 with a Butterick 6175 with chenille, pinwale corduroy, and special touches of embroidered monograms inside the jackets, wonderful embroidered animals, covered buttons, and piping. Needless to say, the mother was overwhelmed particularly when the garments were “gift wrapped” in a custom baby garment bag with her daughter’s full name surrounded by miniature flowers. I had a ball doing this project and was sorry to see them go.

Lynne of Long Beach, CA


  1. katina | | #1

    Oh my, stunning and utterly adorable!  I'd have burst into tears if presented with such a spectacular gift. 


  2. smr | | #2

    What a lucky friend you have! The garments are truly works of art.

  3. Alexandra | | #3

    Absolutely gorgeous, what a stunning job you did.  I hope mom actually lets her wear them.

  4. Jean | | #4

    Precious. You made me wish I had an embroidery machine!  Sob.

  5. sewingkmulkey | | #5

    These are fantastic, adorable clothes they show your superb skills!   They remind me of the highend designer "Baby Lulu" only better.  I'd like to see a photo of the garment bag too.



  6. ixs | | #6

    Wonderful. I have spent 12 years sewing 3 granddaughters' garments. After a while, I stopped sewing the perfect garment, as sometimes the children/babies wouldn't be able to wear their garments for very long or didn't have an occasion to wear that special garment or just grew too quickly. Then when the kids got older, they got a little "picky," although I feel I am a very good amateur seamstress. I don't think I'm going to sew for the older grandgirls any more, although I just finished two intricate Halloween costumes.

    And baby clothing material is a lot less expensive. Have a wonderful time.

    1. sarahkayla | | #7

      as much as mom may love the beautiful baby clothes...the baby has no memory of them. I gave found that my kids appreciate the clothes i make for them now that they are older...they have some garments that they won't allow me to give away ( a pink velour jumper I made my DD 10 years ago, a silk and polar fleece jacket I made my son when he was in kindergarden and a silly pair of shorts with a football print I made my youngest when he was 5 that he loves)

      my oldest is very attached to some garments that were made for her but were worn by each of her brothers in turn. they are endowed with meaning for her..she saw them being worn by three children.


      My DD was given a wonderful baby dress by a dear friend who has since passed away. while my friend was alive I passed that dress around to other friends with baby girls. when my friend died my DD requested that we no longer lend out the dress...so that her daughters can wear that dress. I have complied but i have used that dress as the basis of countless baby dresses.


      sarah in nyc

      1. ixs | | #8

        I have a 9 year old granddaughter that doesn't seem to want to pass down a lot of the clothes I've made for her to her cousin, but I guess I did make them for her and her sister. I have to remember that once something is given away, it's not up to the giver as to what happens to it. Gone......

  7. mimi | | #9

    Wow!  These are ablsolutely adorable!  Will you adopt me?

    mimi ;)

  8. woodywoodpecker598 | | #10

    Very nice indeed!!!

  9. mem | | #11

    They are beautiful Is that  sue box designs??

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      imawoman2 | | #12

      The embroidery was from a wonderful Current Critters collection (#40007). Although rare, I love every single one and am so anxious to use some of the Christmas ones. I got it in one of those deals in the sewing machine store where you choose your collection and they make the CD right there for you. (OESD catalog). It was $69 rather than the usual $139. To see better pictures, you are welcome to view my album at http://photos.yahoo.com/imawoman2.I haven't tried the Sue Box designs. Do they stitch nicely?

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        ehBeth | | #14

        Marvellous! Thank you for sharing the album.

      2. mem | | #15

        I think that Sue Box is very welly digitized . She blends colour very well and I really think that her designs are superior in that sense.

      3. honeybear | | #20

        I am new to Threads, so I am late in veiwing your beautiful clothing for baby.  It is much easier to view it at your album.  They are all beautiful.  I know you have posted it for some time back and I am so glad that I got the chance to see it.  I hope one of these days I can sew like you.

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          imawoman2 | | #21

          Thanks for the kind words. I'm pretty much of a new sewer too. Nobody would have any idea how many seams have been ripped apart and how I've sweated over the pattern diagrams ... having no idea what I was supposed to do. I threw many items away and kept starting over. Thank goodness I have lots and lots of fabric. Right now I'm going through a period when NOTHING I'm doing is working out. I keep buying blanket wool to make an embroidered (by machine) baby blanket for a friend. The first blanket ($35) is ruined after I decided to remove some stitches and cut the wool with the razor. The second piece of wool ($79) ... I washed it first and blocked it to air dry. Then I couldn't get it squared up and cut it into two pieces. Neither piece would square up. So I ordered 2 more $35 pieces and I'm not washing anything first and I'll keep my design simple. If only I hadn't told the new mother that I was making a wool blanket! Have fun with your sewing. If it was this bad all the time, nobody would sew.Lynne of Long Beach, CA

          1. honeybear | | #23

            sorry, didn't read this email until today.  Just come back from a trip.  I never think sewing is simple, so I will be very patient & not afraid to try.  I think it is the key.

            Hope to see some of the blankets you made one of these days.


      4. Josefly | | #22

        I, too, am glad I got to see your creations. Wonderful. Thank you.

  10. Altoida | | #13

    I am soooooo impressed~

  11. oliveoyl | | #16

    These garments are absolutely beautiful. I love the photo album of your clothes. I always took pictures of my daughters wearing beautiful outfits that were given to them, and 25 years later they love looking through their baby albums and commenting on the outfits.

    1. Linny | | #17

      What a wonderful idea!

      Based on this suggestion, I managed to snag a picture of one of my nieces in the latest dress I made for her.

      The Grin alone is worth it!  Very special.

      Edited 4/18/2006 3:09 pm by Linny

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    MrsRussell | | #18

    Wow! You are so creative!

    shelly in Jerusalem

  13. gymbosyl | | #19

    How adorable, I'm sorry my kids are early 20's and with no grandchildren in sight (thankfully!)  but maybe someday!   Your work is truely creative and beautifully done!


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    Sewdreamy | | #24

    Wow!  Gorgeous!  This is the kind of baby item the mother is likely to save, making it a genuine heirloom.  Don't you love the Current Critters designs?  I see you used several of them.  BJ

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      imawoman2 | | #25

      Hi.Yes, I love the Current Critters...I just wish there were more of them. I don't like using the same designs over and over. i tried the Sue Box collection but was disappointed in the quality of the details. There isn't anything that compares.Thanks for the note.Lynne

      1. wirelessmouse | | #26

        Hi Lynne,

        I'm new to the forum and think those outfits are just beautiful.

        Can I ask what machines you use?  I'm starting to get my feet wet and am curious to know.

        Thank you,


  15. PatsyS | | #27

    It has actually been a year since you first posted the WONDERFUL photos of the outfit you presented to a friend of yours.  I was wandering through the Forum a few months ago & found your pictures.  How inspirational!!!!!  I know the string of messages has been very complimentary - and very well deserved!  I wanted you to know that I searched for the photos once again so I could print them and I continue to be inspired by what you did for your friend!  We sewers need to be inspired on occasion & I appreciate you taking the time to attach your work!

    I am looking forward to any additional photos you post.  If I missed any, could you let me know where they are!

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